Shenzhen given permission to build a third runway

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Chinese gateway Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has been given the go ahead by Chinese authorities to build a third runway so it can meet future demand, according to reports.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission this week approved the project, which will cost in the region of CNY9.35 billion ($1.39 billion).

The commission adds the expansion plans will meet the rapid growth of aviation, promote development, as well as accelerate the growth of world-class airports in the Pearl River Delta region.

The runway will be 3600 metres in length, and will be built to the west of the airport’s existing west runway.

By 2030, the airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers annually, and 2.6 million tonnes of freight. Shenzhen Bao’an handled 49.3 million passengers in 2018, an 8.2 per cent increase on 2017.